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YOU'LL WANT TO GO DIGITAL FOR YOUR PRINTS IF...

You have a very large print order. Offset printing is sometimes more efficient for runs of 1,000+ prints.

Your items require no customization. Offset printing is designed to print exact duplicates over and over again from a single printing plate.

Your order is not time-sensitive. Because it requires a lot of pre-press work, offset printing is not ideal for quick projects, but can be a cost-effective option for some projects that are not under deadline pressure.

YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER OFFSET PRINTING IF...

  1. You have a relatively small print order. Digital printing is most efficient for runs of 1-1000 prints. In fact, some companies that specialize in offset printing use digital printers for small runs.

  2. You need your prints done fast. Digital printing is faster than traditional printing because no master plates need to be made before printing can begin.

  3. You need each print to be personalized. Because digital print doesn’t work from master plates, changes can be made between prints. This makes digital printing perfect for things like diplomas and direct mailers.

  4. You’re looking for an eco-friendly option. Digital printing is generally less wasteful because the process requires no pre-press materials and little to no water.

  5. You’re looking to print on an unusual material. With digital printing, ink generally adheres to the surface of the substrate instead of relying on being absorbed. This means that digital printing works on porous and non-porous surfaces alike.

  6. Everything needs to be exactly true-to-proof. In digital printing, the proof image is the printing template. Nothing changes between proof and print.

  7. That being said, digital printing may not be right for every project. We care about the quality of the finished products our customers receive, so we wouldn’t recommend digital for any projects where it wouldn’t yield the best results.

WHAT IS LARGE FORMAT PRINTING?

  1. Large format printing (sometimes called wide format printing) is a category of digital printing that encompasses any prints between 18″ and 120″ in size. Essentially, anything poster-sized or larger. If a print is larger than 120″, it can also be called “grand format”.

  2. Without large format printing, whether analogue or digital, production of most architectural blueprints, banners, posters, trade show graphics, non-paint murals, backlit displays, and wallpapers would be difficult or impossible.

  3. Large format prints can be made on two different kinds of devices: roll printers, which are for flexible substrates such as vinyl, and flatbed printers, which are for rigid substrates that can lay flat on a table, (anything from paper, foam board, cardboard, and PVC to less conventional printed materials like wood and metal).